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Music Seen: Daughtry Hang Out At VH1 Headquarters And Give A Moving Live Performance [Photos]

Daughtry visited our New York offices to hang out and perform as part of VH1′s Top 20 Live (all the while being captured on film by our photographer Lauren Weissler). The band played an awesome acoustic set, including a raw, powerful cover of The Black Crowes’ “She Talks To Angels”. And they also gave us sparkling renditions of their own songs, in an atmospheric, intimate setting. One of your favorites was their new single, “Crawling Back To You,” which you can watch below.



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Music Seen: Kelly Clarkson Looks Ravishing In Red At VH1 Unplugged (PHOTOS)

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VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson makes its highly anticipated premiere exclusively on VH1.com this Thursday night, November 17, at 7 p.m. ET. We’ve already told you how stunning Kelly looked when this show taped back in late October, and if you caught her cover of Carrie Underwood’s “I Know You Won’t” when we premiered it last week, you have an idea yourself. However, VH1 photographer Colin Gray just sent us a bunch of the photos that he was able to take that afternoon and we couldn’t resist sharing his insanely awesome work with you (as well as a quick video of Kelly explaining why she didn’t perform barefoot, like she usually does, while taping VH1 Unplugged). Enjoy!

VH1 Unplugged Kelly Clarkson Premieres Thursday 11/17/11
VH1 Unplugged Kelly Clarkson Premieres Thursday 11/17/11
VH1 Unplugged Kelly Clarkson Premieres Thursday 11/17/11

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Music Seen: Big Easy Natives MUTEMATH Hit The Big Apple

New Orleans band MUTEMATH brought the blues to the VH1 studios for an intimate You Oughta Know Live performance recently—check out their cover of “Fallin” by Alicia Keys—and we recently selected them as our You Oughta Know artist thanks to their catalog of soulful, dusty, all-American tunes. Bringing joy, laid back cool and their infectious sounds to New York City, MUTEMATH (tailed closely by our photographer Colin Gray) personify dirty, heartfelt rock. After the jump, see MUTEMATH performing under ambient light, laughing in conversation, and some special moments between the band mates and their special ladies.

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Music Seen: Gavin DeGraw Charms His Way Through A Press Day

Gavin DeGraw is a New York City native, so his visit last month to record Bruno Mars cover “Grenade” and several original songs for a Top 20 Live set, he didn’t exactly have a long way to travel. Nevertheless, VH1 photographer Colin Gray got some great shots for our Music Seen feature, and we even got some feedback from DeGraw himself on some of the photographs in the series. After the jump, DeGraw’s travels from Live With Regis & Kelly to VH1 to MTV News, plus a glimpse at his style, and, of course, pit stops every step of the way for his many and adoring fans.


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Music Seen: Follow Demi Lovato As She Performs ‘Catch Me’ For VH1 (Exclusive Video, Photos)

When Demi Lovato came to our offices last week to record a Top 20 Live set, she not only surprised us with a Lil Wayne cover, but also proved extremely genial. “Hey guys, thanks for having me! I’m Demi. What’s your name?” she introduced herself, before kicking her set off with the medley, above, of “Catch Me,” a deep cut from 2009′s Here We Go Again, and “Don’t Forget,” the title track from her 2008 debut. That same temperament shines through in the series of photographs our own Jen Marigliano snapped for our Music Seen feature, as she followed Lovato during her day in New York City. After the jump, look behind the scenes at VH1′s Top 20 and check out the elements of Lovato’s bohemian-chic style, and be sure to check back for the rest of her Top 20 Live set.

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MUSIC SEEN: Spend An Afternoon In New York City With Dawes [PHOTOS]

VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist Dawes is well into its co-headlining tour with Blitzen Trapper, but late last month, when they stopped by our offices for a You Oughta Know Live set, they were accompanied by VH1′s multi-talented Lauren Deiman, who in her role as photographer followed the band all day for our Music Seen photo series. After the jump, the band gets really good coffee, performs at our offices, and lugs equipment around the city to all sorts of stops on a promotional junket. The band’s tour continues through November 15, and we’ve got plenty more from Dawes, including interviews and music videos, over at yououghtaknow.VH1.com.

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MUSIC SEEN: A Peek Inside The Intimate World Of Ximena Sarinana

It’s been a whirlwind month for VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist Ximena Sari?ana ((phonetic pronounciation: hi-MEN-a sa-rin-YAH-na). She’s been hitting the promotional circuit hard in support in support of her self-titled English language debut; in addition to a well-received performance on the Tonight Show, she’s been delighting audiences all across the country. She was in New York City near the end of last month, when she stopped by our office for an awesome You Oughta Know Live set, and our ace photographer Zev Schmitz was able to trail her for a day while she made the rounds all around town for our recurring photo-based series, MUSIC SEEN. We’ve got the results, as well as a few comments from Ximena herself, for you below!

“These shoes I bought while on tour in Austin. I love finding small off the beaten path clothing stores. These shoes I’ve had for over a year now but are so worn out because I wear them almost every day on tour.”

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Music Seen: After 25 Years In The Business, Jordan Knight Is Still A Heartthrob [PHOTOS]

Celebrities who emerge as teen idols rarely stay that way. It’s one of the immutable laws of celebrity nature. They get older, their fans get older, and generally, everyone eventually moves on.

That, however, has not been the case for Jordan Knight, who began his run as a heartthrob way back in 1986 and is showing no signs of slowing down. Whether performing as part of the New Kids On The Block, NKOTBSB, or as a solo artist, Jordan Knight remains culturally relevant to this day not just because he’s a handsome devil or because his falsetto instantly causes listeners’ knees to weaken, but because he continues to record songs that resonate with audiences of all ages.

Jordan popped by our offices here in Times Square not too long ago while on a publicity tour for his new solo album, Unfinished. We asked him to be the latest artist to participate in our ongoing Music Seen feature, and he kindly obliged. Enjoy!—Mark Graham

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Music Seen: Foster The People Pay A Visit To NYC Right As Their Popularity Starts To Soar (PHOTOS)

Foster The People are on a roll. At this time last year, their catchy and distinctly unique sounding hit single “Pumped Up Kicks” had just started gaining some steam on the bleeding edge music discovery site, The Hype Machine. Flash-forward to present day, and that song is steadily climbing both the Billboard (#1 on Alternative) and iTunes (#21 in Singles) charts, propelling the Los Angeles-based indie pop act forward as they sell their club dates coast to coast.

We here at VH1 recognized the potential of the band early on, which is why we named them as our You Oughta Know artist earlier this month. Just prior to that announcement, Foster The People –which, if you’re keeping score at home, is made up of Mark Foster (lead vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, programming, percussion), Mark Pontius (drums) and Cubbie Fink (bass) stopped by our offices here in the heart of Times Square and dazzled a particularly-enthused audience with a four song You Oughta Know Live set, just hours before performing a sold-out show at New York’s famed Bowery Ballroom. Our cameras followed them along all day long, and we’ve got the tantalizing results for you below in the latest installment of our recurring series, Music Seen. Enjoy!

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